Boomkat Product Review:
So much YES to London’s We Can Elude Control for remastering and reissuing the debut LP by Jeff Mills and co’s Final Cut, which was originally conceived and released in 1989 on Michigan’s Full Effect Records and now rematered by Rashad Becker for this unmissable vinyl edition.
Important not only as an early iteration of Jeffrey Eugene Mills on record, penned at least a few years before he joined Underground Resistance and arguably set the blueprint for ‘90s techno with his solo work, Deep In 2 The Cut is also significant for fusing European post-industrial music with motor city funk and soul at much colder degrees than, say, Juan Atkins or Derrick May before them.
Taking cues from the Wax Trax! hordes, Belgian EBM, UK rave and 313 electro, it originally arrived right between RoboCop (1987) and Robocop 2 (1990), galvanised with steeliest electronics and pinned into place by riveting, sparking percussion that perfectly distills a sort of coke-numbed, late ’80s technological dystopia.
Until now, the amount of people who knew about the connection between Final Cut and Jeff Mills were inversely related, but thanks to the high levels of this reissue, their crucial touchstone makes clear the instinctive, foundational link between harder electronic body music and motor city soul, whilst also perfectly messing up the putative lineage of European industrial and African American dance musics.